Taking Down Trump: 12 Rules for Prosecuting Donald Trump by Someone Who Did It Successfully (Hardcover)

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Taking Down Trump: 12 Rules for Prosecuting Donald Trump by Someone Who Did It Successfully (Hardcover)

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"An indispensable must-read. This is THE book to read to understand what’s going on in the cases against Trump.” — Joy Reid, MSNBC News anchor and host of The ReidOut

A former prosecutor provides an essential guide to ensuring that Donald Trump, and other oligarchs of his ilk, no longer beat the rap, and face serious jail time for their crimes . . .


    For a half century Donald Trump has evaded justice. Now he finally faces trials for his lies, cons, and misdeeds—but many fear Trump will never face any real consequences.  

    Is our system so broken that some people are now above the law? 

    In Taking Down Trump, Tristan Snell—a former assistant attorney general for New York State who took on and beat Trump in a court of law—argues that Donald Trump can indeed be defeated, and shares his secrets for how to beat him.

    Snell led New York State’s prosecution of Donald Trump for defrauding hundreds of Trump University students, resulting in Trump having to shell out $25 million to his victims —Trump’s first and only major legal loss to date. 

     Snell lays out 12 key rules for how to beat Trump—including:

  • How voters and activists hold prosecutors accountable
  • How to stand up to Trump’s public bullying
  • How to persevere against all the stonewalling and counterattacks
  • How to get key figures to cooperate and cough up critical evidence 

    Along the way, Snell discusses his own experience prosecuting Trump, and observes how prosecutors in the various cases against Trump are exploiting such rules—or not—as well as how Trump’s revolving team of lawyers can be expected to behave, or, more accurately, perform.

    Whether you’re a concerned citizen, a lawyer or prosecutor, or an activist or advocate, Snell shows how America’s systems can still work to bring even the richest and most powerful to justice, and why those systems are worth preserving and improving. Ultimately, this is a road map for how America can begin to escape the Trump wilderness of fraud and fascism.
Tristan Snell is a lawyer and legal commentator featured on MSNBC and NPR, and in the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. He served as Assistant Attorney General for New York State, where he led the investigation and prosecution of Trump University. Today he’s the founder and managing partner of MainStreet.Law, and a content creator on Instagram, Threads, TikTok, and Twitter. He lives in New York City.
Product Details ISBN: 9781685891251
ISBN-10: 168589125X
Publisher: Melville House
Publication Date: January 30th, 2024
Pages: 208
Language: English
"Tristan Snell holds the distinction of being the only prosecutor – so far – to achieve a major legal victory against Trump... [in] his new book, Taking Down Trump, he sets out 12 rules that prosecutors should follow to overcome the former president’s ferocious tactics and secure convictions." - ipaper

"A trial lawyer explores the many ways that Donald Trump has succeeded in evading punishment—and how to thwart him henceforth.. . .  A valuable set of program notes; readers will eagerly wait to see if prosecutors act as Snell hopes they will." — Kirkus Reviews

"An indispensable must-read. This is THE book to read to understand what’s going on in the cases against Trump.” — Joy Reid, MSNBC News anchor and host of The ReidOut

"This is a one-of-a-kind book.  No one beat Donald Trump before Tristan and his colleagues at the NY AG’s office proved it could be done. If you care about our democracy and about finally bringing Donald Trump and all his cronies to justice, then you absolutely need to read this book." — Michael Cohen, former Trump attorney and author of the New York Times bestseller Revenge

"Tristan Snell is one of the most important voices in today's battle to protect the precious gift of our democracy; this book is an essential read for anyone who knows our future and our freedom is at stake." — Rick Wilson, political strategist and author of the number one New York Times bestseller, Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever

“A timely, entertainingly written, fact-laden inside account of the prosecutorial campaign (2013-2016) to expose the Trump University scam and provide some justice for its victims, “Taking Down Trump” is also a handbook for future prosecutors hoping to bring criminal charges against the most flamboyantly corrupt President in US history.” — Joyce Carol Oates, bestselling author and winner of the Jerusalem Prize

“Tristan Snell is one of the very few people on the planet to bring a case against Donald Trump and win. This is a masterclass in how to bring corrupt American oligarchs to justice.” — Glenn Kirschner, former federal prosecutor and NBC/MSNBC News legal analyst